No benefit of antidepressants in inpatient treatment of depression. A longitudinal, quasi-experimental field study

This article by Reinhard Maß, Kerstin Backhaus, Katharina Lohrer, Michael Szelies and Bodo K. Unkelbach has been published in Psychopharmacology. The abstract says: “Rationale Antidepressants (AD) are mostly considered indispensable for the treatment of major depression. The vast majority of…
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My take on “A Psychopharmacology Fit for Mad Liberation? by Awais Aftab”

This post by Vincenzo has been published on his blog-site. It begins: “In the latest edition of Asylum Magazine, Dr Awais Aftab published an article on the relation between Psychopharmacology and Mad Liberation and brought it to my attention. The full…
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Psychiatry & Its Discontents

This book comes from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publishers say: “Written by one of the world’s most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull…
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Ethical issues in psychopharmacology

This paper by L. McHenry has been published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The abstract says: “The marketing of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the psychopharmacological industry presents a serious moral problem for the corporate model of medicine. In this…
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I studied neuroscience to understand my addictions. Now I know it’s not the cure

“Substance misuse is not a simple problem of brain chemistry. The most powerful influences lie outside our heads” Writing in The Guardian , Judith Grisel says: “I used to think addiction was caused by screwy molecules in the brain, and would be…
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Ten Myths about Depression and Psycho-Pharmacology:

An article called “ Psychiatry Gone Astray “, by Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, appears on the blog site of psychiatrist Dr. David Healy. The article lists ten myths about mental illness and psycho-pharmacology: Myth 1: Your disease is caused by a chemical imbalance in…
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Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry: Blaming the Body

This book has been written by Dr. Colin Ross and Prof. Alvin Pam. The publishers say: “… not a day passes without the media proclaiming yet another sensational breakthrough in the search for the physical origins of mental illness. But beyond…
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Ayahuasca, Psilocybin and LSD

The actual title of this paper is “Antidepressive, anxiolytic, and antiaddictive effects of ayahuasca, psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD): a systematic review of clinical trials published in the last 25 years” … but that was a bit too long…
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